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Summer immersion workshops for teachers

May 13, 2011

From the Center for Advance Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota

CARLA Summer Institutes 2011

(To see on the web, go here.)

Hurry and register!

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has sponsored a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. This internationally known program reflects CARLA’s commitment to link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom. Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and plenty of networking opportunities.

CARLA summer institute participants—more than 3,400 to date—have come from all over the world. They have included foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, and language teacher educators. The institutes that will be offered during summer 2011 are:

Using Social Networking Technology: Collaborative Language Learning
June 20-August 19, 2011
Presenters: Marlene Johnshoy, Alyssa Ruesch and Dan Soneson
In this new 8-week online course, participants will work together to learn ways to use social networking and Web 2.0 application to promote student language learning.

Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching for Character-Based Languages
June 20–24, 2011
Presenters: Tara Fortune and Molly Wieland
This institute provides novice immersion teachers in character-based languages with the tools and information they need to survive and thrive in the immersion classroom. The institute also includes a two-day session for administrators of immersion education programs for character-based languages.

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
July 11-15, 2011
Presenter: Laurent Cammarata
This institute will provide foreign language teachers with the background and tools needed to implement content-based instruction in their second language classroom.

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
July 11-15, 2011
Presenters: Francine Klein and Wendy Allen
Weaving together theory and practice, this interactive institute will help teachers develop instructional strategies and practical tools for integrating language learning with a systematic culture curriculum.

Focusing on Learner Language: 
Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers
July 11-15, 2011
Presenters: Elaine Tarone and Maggie Broner
Participants will learn to analyze learner language in light of research on second language acquisition and will then consider implications for language teaching.

Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education: Counterbalanced Instruction in the Immersion Classroom
July 11-15, 2011
Presenter: Roy Lyster
This new institute will provide a fresh perspective on integrating language and content in the immersion classroom.

Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching
July 18-22, 2011
Presenters: Tara Fortune, Maureen Curran Dorsano and Ursina Swanson
This institute provides novice immersion teachers with the tools and information they need to survive and thrive in the immersion classroom. The institute has been reconfigured to offer two teacher sessions simultaneously and a newly expanded 3-day session for administrators of immersion education programs.

Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
July 18-22, 2011
Presenters: Ursula Lentz and Donna Clementi
Focusing on the alignment of standards-based curriculum and assessment, this institute includes an overview of the wide range of purposes in assessment, and step-by-step guidance in creating integrated performance assessments for classroom use.

Improving Language Learning: 
Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction
July 18-22, 2011
Presenter: Martha Nyikos
This summer institute is designed to help language teachers maximize students’ ability to learn a foreign/second language through styles- and strategies-based instruction.

Language and Culture in Sync: Developing Learners’ Sociocultural Competence
July 25-29, 2011
Presenter: Noriko Ishihara
Participants will gain both theoretical and practical insights on teaching students how to use functional language appropriately in different socio-cultural contexts.

Using Technology: Digital Storytelling for Communication
July 25-29, 2011
Presenters: Marlene Johnshoy, Beth Kautz, Alyssa Ruesch, Dan Soneson, Rick Treece, Pablo Viedma and Zhen Zou
Participants in this institute will learn how to use technology to facilitate storytelling and get “hands on” practice in using computers to promote students’ skills in interpretation, presentation, and interaction.

Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)
July 25-29, 2011
Presenters: Bill Johnston and Louis Janus
This summer institute will provide LCTL teachers with practical tools and hands-on experience in designing a wide range of materials that will improve their students’ abilities to use the language for communicative purposes. A special rebate of $150 will be available to teachers who submit satisfactory curricular material to the LCTL website.

Registration Information—Note: Many of the institutes fill up very quickly. Register now!
The cost of each of the CARLA summer institutes is $350 if registration is received by May 31, 2011 and $400 after that date. More information is available on the CARLA  website at: To request a copy of a print brochure you can email the CARLA office at:

The institutes have been developed and are offered with the support, in part, of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Center program. The summer institutes are co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts.

Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching Certificate
This certificate offered by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development provides an exciting opportunity for teachers of foreign languages and English as a second/foreign language to showcase their professional development work through the CARLA summer institute program by taking the institutes for graduate level credit.

More information about the courses needed to obtain the certificate, admission criteria, and application materials can be found on the web at:

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